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World Fair - Trop Cher?

Posted August 02, 2010 7:22 AM

Chinese officials estimate zero profit on the money they'll outlay for Expo 2010. Historically, Expos were a showcase for new technology and innovative architecture. In a world of instant global access, are these events worth the cost to produce, or has their time passed?

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08/02/2010 7:50 AM

are they worth it? About as much as the olympics. With the beginning of the downfall of olympics value started with the dream team. Imo

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08/03/2010 7:19 AM

Olympics, premiership football etc it mostly gone down the tube. Very very few real amateurs any more.

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08/03/2010 8:25 AM

I felt that wheb the U.S. beat the USSR in 1980. It had more meaning. Now if it were to happen........so what.....something about a underdog I guess. Fair is the same, I understnd it's was always a form of advertising. But with technology is today it can be hohum

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08/03/2010 12:55 PM

I'm an amateur! (and proud eh!)

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08/11/2010 1:04 PM

Too true, the realm of "professional amateurs" these days has expanded far beyond just the russian hockey team, and so many amateurs have become professionals (add rugby to the list). Conversely, outside of sport, so many professionals seem quite amateurish these days.

Trade Fairs also seem to be a dying breed. I'm not sure they're worth the time, effort and expense, either for visitors or for exhibitors.

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08/11/2010 1:25 PM

Conversely, outside of sport, so many professionals seem quite amateurish these days.

when it becomes down to that, one tends to back the underdog........Eddie the Eagle comes to mind.....but I don't think he was an much of an athelete but it was the best they had.......but the Jamaican Bobsled team would.

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08/03/2010 11:54 AM

Nothing new and innovative was presented. Each country made sure they were only showing technology that the Chinese had already copied.

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08/03/2010 4:34 PM

If you remember the New York World Fair of 1939, practically everything that was showcased, was subsequently expanded and sent to market. I haven't been to an expo since, but my guess would be, fewer new technologies are being introduced. Expos like the 39 world's fair, A century of progress expo of 1933 and the Pan-Pacific expo of 1915 and other earlier expos were at the forefront of new technologies and needed wide exposure to get the ball rolling. Many great technologies resulted from these early expos. I doubt if today's expos will create very many new technologies. Today's expos are almost theme parks with rides and entertainment. People love them.

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08/03/2010 5:09 PM

I think allot of the technologies are easily available to be seen, and more people are just not impressed by it....because of movies and such.

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